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The Power of the HPC Cluster Software Stack

Mar 26, 2012 |

The recent growth of the HPC market, powered almost exclusively by the adoption of Linux clusters, has been dramatic. But the expanding complexity of technical clusters that is the dominant species of many HPC systems can have a diminishing effect if it is not effectively addressed. A major cause of cluster complexity is proliferating hardware parallelism with systems averaging thousands of processors, each of them a multi-core chip whose core count can double every other year. Add to this trend the additional issues of third-party software costs, the difficulty of scaling many applications and cluster management complexity quickly begins to augment.